Latest Cricket News: Controversy erupted during a local cricket tournament in Rajasthan after a team named “Taliban” featured in the tournament. Taliban is currently in news following its takeover of Afghanistan.
According to reports, a local cricket tournament has been conducted in the Bhaniyana village in Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer district. The organizer of the tournament claimed that the cricket team name “Taliban” was included in the tournament by mistake & has been immediately removed from the tournament.
A member of the organizing group was quoted as saying to the media that the team with the controversial name has been removed from the tournament after the conclusion of the first match. A complete ban has been imposed on the controversial named team.
The member further added that the mistake of including the team with the “Taliban” name occurred due to the online scoring system. However, the member has offered an apology on behalf of the organizers & also assured that such a mistake won’t be repeated in future.
Amid growing political turmoil in Afghanistan, the Taliban assured that they will provide full assistance to Afghanistan Cricket. Anas Haqqani, a member of the Taliban’s political office and the negotiating team made the statement after meeting the members of the Afghanistan Cricket team just a couple of days ago. The crucial meeting was attained by captain Hashmatullah Shahidi, former cricket board selection committee chairman Asadullah and Noor Ali Zadran.
During the interaction, Haqqani assured that cricketers’ problems in Afghanistan will be assessed quickly & swiftly. Earlier, members of the Taliban also met Asghar Stanikzai and former captain Naworoz Mangal in Kabul. After the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, star cricketers from Afghanistan expressed their concern over the Country’s situation. Leg spinner Rashid Khan took to Twitter and urged for help. He wrote:
“Dear World Leaders! My country is in chaos, thousand of innocent people, including children & women, get martyred every day, houses & properties are being destructed. A thousand families were displaced. Don’t leave us in chaos. Stop killing Afghans & destroying Afghanistan. We want peace.”
All-rounder Mohammad Nabi also appealed for support. He tweeted, “As an Afghan, I bleed to see where my beloved country is today. Afghanistan descends into Chaos and there has been a substantial rise in calamity and tragedy and is currently in humanitarian crisis. Families are forced to leave their homes behind and head to Kabul with an unknown future, as their homes are being seized. I appeal to the leaders of the world; please don’t let Afghanistan go into chaos. We need your support. We want Peace. #PeaceforAfghanistan #FreedomforAfghanistan #StopKillingAfghans.”
Meanwhile, the Afghanistan vs Pakistan ODI series has been postponed until 2022 due to logistical challenges. No commercial flights are flying off from Kabul following the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan. The series was initially to be held in early September 2021 in Sri Lanka but the PCB on Monday confirmed that the ACB had requested the series to be postponed.
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